“We were a hopeless people, an immoral country forgotten to the world, and in three days all that has changed,” “For 42 years we didn’t speak. For 42 years this whole country was only for one man and his sons.” Said Abdullah Mortady, an architect.
In this small Libyan town elders have stepped in to take responsibility from young pro-democracy revolutionaries. Starting 48 hours earlier as peaceful protestors the young men of Balda turned over their guns stolen from pillaged police stations to their uncles and fathers.
Mr. Abdullah came home the first night of fighting to find his sons gone. When they returned the next day victorious after fighting Gadafi thugs he said;